JS-3 What If?
This diorama represents a Russian JS-3 that is protecting a factory in Siberia,1946. The Germans have taken most of Russia. The field modifications of screen armor and steel plate protection of the intakes were done to improve survivability against German tanks.
The base kit is the old 1/35 Tamiya kit. The screen armor was made from twisted copper wire and glued together to make each panel. The fuel tanks were made from aluminum sheet(cookie sheet) and then the kit tank ends were used with brass grab handles. This allowed the tanks to be dented more realistically. The one rear tank was my concept of turning a damaged fuel tank into a tool compartment. The JS-3 tank was airbrushed Russian Green, then all weathering of the paint was done with chalk pastels as was all the rusting of the screen armor and plates.
Base was Styrofoam surrounded with a pine wood veneer, cut out of a 2′ x 12”, stained and polyurethaned. The pipe rack was constructed out of evergreen plastic and the big pipe is from one of my wife’s wind chimes that broke. The other pipes are from evergreen plastic. Tichy Bolts were glued to rings cut from plastic sheet for the piping connections. Also resin pipe fittings were used, valves, elbows,ect.
Really enjoyed this project, letting the imagination go and using stuff laying around the workshop to create this dio.
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